Marvin Harrison Jr. was nearly a one-man show Saturday in a win over Wisconsin with two touchdowns and 123 receiving yards. But other tight ends/receivers were targeted only six times for a combined 51 yards. The missing element has been Emeka Egbuka. Having topped 1,000 yards last season, the junior sat out his third straight game.
Coach Ryan Day said during his weekly news conference Tuesday that Egbuka was available but that the Buckeyes sat him out as a precaution. His status for their next game, Saturday at Rutgers, remains unknown.
“I think we took a step this week. Where we go from here, we’ll see,” Day said. “I thought we ran off the ball well. We got good movement. I thought Tre ran hard, and that combination of things really boosted our run game.”
Despite Ohio State’s dominance against the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers enters the game with a 6-2 record and an unbeaten record at home. “Offensively they have a different a scheme very similar to what Minnesota did a few years back,” said Day. “You can see a lot of similarities in how they are playing. Controlling the ball and obviously playing well on defense.”